Off To Eisenhower Park For A Summer Concert 9/1/2010

Nothing Else Counts In This World!   

Eisenhower Park Is Right On The Beach

Every year, Seal Beach puts on summer concerts in their 1.4 acre Eisenhower Part adjacent to the Seal Beach Pier. Seal Beach is located in the westernmost corner of Orange County. To the northwest, just across the border with Los Angeles County, lies the city of Long Beach and the adjacent San Pedro Bay. To the southeast are Huntington Harbor, a neighborhood of Huntington Beach, and the unincorporated community of Sunset Beach. To the east lie the city of Westminster and the neighborhood of West Garden Grove, part of the city of Garden Grove. To the north lie the unincorporated community of Rossmoor and the city of Los Alamitos.


Satellite view


Airplane view - The park is right on the beach


Birds eye view - The park gets filled!

This year we had:

July 7 – Sligo Rags A popular mix of contemporary and traditional Irish and folk themed music.

July 14 – Hollywood U2: non-stop energy and an endless stream of hits from “With Or Without You” to “Vertigo” pay the ultimate tribute to the greatest Rock and Roll band of its generation.

July 21 – Robby Armstrong: Enjoy original music along with amazing guitar and a great band that will knock your flip-flops off.

July 28 – Nobody Cares: 9 piece reggae/ska style band with a rockin’ rhythm section performing a blend of covers and original music.

August 4 – The Kelly Fitzgerald Group: songwriter and powerful vocalist Kelly Fitzgerald leads this group with music steeped in rock, country and blues.

August 11 – Emperors: Southern California’s premier classic rock band.

August 18 – Eddie Montana: An All Star Cast of performers from three decades of performances featuring Inspirational Gospel, Country and Rock.

August 25 – The Regular Guys: Enjoy this distinctive brand of funk-blues, with great covers and many original tunes.

September 1 – The Elm Street Band: Long-standing classic rock band, playing favorite tunes from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.

October 9 (SAT) – Sin Twins Rhythm & Blues Revue: An R & B grand performance, complete with a horn section, offering tunes for singing and dancing.

We Joined The Event On September 1st To Hear Elm Street Band

Did you know? - They have been referred to as "The World's Greatest Garage/Surf Band", and were written up in the Long Beach Press-Telegram as "the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach, playing at events all over town." The Elm Street Band has been performing for audiences all over Southern California since 1988.

The four members of the group, Roger Douglass (lead guitar), Roland Misajon (lead vocals and keyboard), Robert Bruce Hirschhorn (bass and founder), and John Navratil (drums) trace their roots back to the '60s. From Stanford Junior High to Millikan High to Long Beach City College and Long Beach State University, these four venerable rockers from Long Beach California have jammed and gigged together in various combinations for over 40 years.

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We stopped and got a little bite to eat at the Main Street Wine Store

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Wine and cheese... Life is good

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We are two blocks from the park

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We are both loaded down

Everything Is Ready To Go!

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A sea of chairs awaited us

Secret weapon
We had a secret weapon... James arrived at 5:30 am and dropped off the chairs and blankets!

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Great view of the pier from our seats.

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The band was setting up

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Sue met up with the Cortez's... Neighbors and good friends

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

Did you know? - Folding chairs were already being used in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The curule chair of the Roman magistrate was a folding chair, as well as the seat of the emperor. The frame was mostly made of wood, and seldom made of metal. The wood was inlaid with artistic carvings, gilded, and decorated with ivory. In Northern Europe, folding chairs return to the brass age.

The folding chair became especially widespread during the Middle Ages. Here it was treasured as a liturgical furniture piece. Since the 15th and 16th century the folding chair has mostly had arm and head rests. Of course, newer chairs which are often found in functions and events are also called folding chairs.

In 1947, Fredric Arnold created the first aluminum folding chair with fabric strapping for the seat and back. By 1957, the Fredric Arnold Company of Brooklyn, New York, was manufacturing more than 14,000 chairs per day. Today, the folding chair is mostly made of hard plastic or metal or wood. Folding chairs can be divided into different categories. ~Wikipedia

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James attempting to set up the table... That was our early entertainment

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Impossible to have spare pieces when it just a table and four legs

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Super large balloons

Did you know? - A soap bubble is a very thin film of soapy water that forms a sphere with an iridescent surface. Soap bubbles usually last for only a few moments before bursting, either on their own or on contact with another object. They are often used for children's enjoyment, but their usage in artistic performances shows that they can also be fascinating for adults.

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
We are still free!

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Del and Vicky

Did you know? - U.S. Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year. The famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Jan, Linda and James

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The trees block the sun

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Someone is looking into the

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We are in the throngs of folks

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"Yo... We over here!"

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Dancing in front of the band

Did you know? - A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. The music may be performed by a single musician, sometimes then called a recital, or by a musical ensemble, such as an orchestra, a choir, or a musical band. Informal names for a concert include "show" and "gig". Concerts are held in a wide variety of settings or venues, including pubs, nightclubs, houses, barns, dedicated concert halls, entertainment centers, large multipurpose buildings, and even sports stadia. An indoor concert held in a large venue is sometimes called an arena concert. Regardless of the venue, musicians usually perform on a stage. Before the dominance of recorded music, concerts would be the only opportunity one would generally have to hear musicians play.

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Checkout the large soap bubbles

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

Did you know? - 17th century Flemish paintings show children blowing bubbles with clay pipes[citation needed]. This means that bubbles as playthings are at least 400 years old. The London based firm of A. & F. Pears created a famous advertisement campaign for its soaps in 1886 using a painting by Millais of a child playing with bubbles.

A Chicago company called Chemtoy began selling bubble solution in the 1940s, and they have been popular with children ever since. According to one industry estimate, retailers sell around 200 million bottles annually, perhaps more than any other toy.

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

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"HELP! It's after me!"

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
'Twas a cool summer evening...

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
James learned a new dance!

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Crick.... Obviously a Japanese camera


"Who's your daddy??"

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"I am finally toasty"

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Vicky enjoys the cavorting that is underway

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The pier is lit up... So is Paul

Did you know? - A pier is a raised structure, including bridge and building supports and walkways, over water, typically supported by widely spread piles or pillars. The lighter structure of a pier allows tides and currents to flow almost unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely-spaced piles of a wharf can act as a breakwater, and are consequently more liable to silting.

Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden structure to major structures extended over a mile out to sea. In American English, pier may be synonymous with dock.

pier
Sunset on Seal Beach

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Miss Charlotte came to visit...

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The Sun has set

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Let's dance!

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James found ears for Sue

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Can't miss her now!

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Check the babies

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Time to dance to keep warm!!

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010
Kettle Corn for the masses

Did you know? - In the 18th century, kettle corn was introduced to colonial palates in the United States. It is referenced in the diaries of Dutch Settlers in Pennsylvania circa 1776. It was a special treat often consumed at fairs or other festive occasions. The corn is cooked for maximum taste in iron kettles and then sweetened with sugar or honey before adding salt. The combination was widely popular in the early 19th century but fell from wide usage during the 20th century.

In the early 21st century, kettle corn has made something of a comeback in America, especially at 19th century living history events. As of the 21st century, it is cooked and sold at fairs and flea markets throughout the United States, especially art and craft shows. The microwave version is sold at grocery stores by Orville Redenbacher's, Act II, and other brands.

Most microwave varieties of kettle corn do not contain sugar, since sugar tends to burn in the microwave. This problem has been solved by replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners such as sucralose

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Rocking up a storm

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Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

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Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010

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It got cold!

Did you know? - Cold (the opposite of hot) refers to the condition or subjective perception of having low temperature; it is the absence of heat or warmth.

The coldest theoretically possible temperature is absolute zero, which is 0 K on the Kelvin scale, a thermodynamic temperature scale, and −273.15 °C on the Celsius scale. Absolute zero is also 0 °R on the Rankine scale, another thermodynamic temperature scale, and −459.67 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale.

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Good night Old

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It's getting to be that time

Chi Hooey Hooeys On Duty

Elm Street Summer Concert September 2010